HANOI (10 Sept 2011) – Teams in the V-League will have to be fully profit driven in two years before they will be allowed to take part in the league in 2015 which will also see an increase in the number of teams to 16.
There are currently 14 teams playing in the top tier of professional football inVietnam.
Pham Ngoc Vien, the vice chairman of the Vietnam Football Federation (VFF) said that said that teams will have three years to prepare for the new V-League in 2015.
“All Vietnamese clubs must be profitable business organisations by 2013 before they participate in the national football league in 2015,” said Ngoc Vien.
“It’s because the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) require Vietnamese clubs to restructure in order to effectively promote the professionalism of the country’s league. Vietnam have until the end of 2013 to fulfil the AFC requirements.”
Other than being profit driven, the VFF will also require teams to concentrate on youth academies over the next four years.
“Each V-League club must build an U-21, U-19, U-17 and U-15 team in order to compete in national youth football tournaments by 2015, and financially unsound teams will be relegated immediately,” he said.
V-League teams will also have to develop their stadiums to conform with international standards in the next two years, include dope testing facilities, seating, security cameras and turf.